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Our
history

Our 130-year history means we have accumulated significant expertise in protecting, operating and promoting playing fields, and getting more people to play sport on a regular basis.

The London Playing Fields Foundation has worked tirelessly for over a century to protect playing fields in England’s capital.

Our organisation was formed in 1890 by visionary Victorian philanthropists concerned about the loss of green space in London and the need to provide sport and recreation for current and future generations.

In 1925, a Royal Charter recognised our charitable objectives. These were to provide “facilities for recreation or other leisure time activities” for people “who by reasons of youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances, may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy them”.

Today, these objectives are relevant in our mission to be London’s leading champion for playing fields and the contribution they make to increasing participation in sport and physical activity.

We receive no core funding from central or local government, and can only continue to change lives through sport and physical activity with the support of people like you.

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Green Hearts

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Coping Through Football

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